INEC Plans 10-Year Electronic Voter Cards

INEC Plans 10-Year Electronic Voter Cards

Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega, on Wednesday, said the commission was ready to issue permanent electronic voter cards that would be valid for 10 years.

He said, “With the design of the card and specifications, it will serve for an average of 10 years, as it could also be used for the 2019 elections.”

He said the electronic voter card would eliminate fraud and ensure credible and transparent polls.

Speaking at an INEC/civil society dialogue on plans and progress towards the 2015 elections in Abuja, Jega said electronic card, has features like micro testing security, hologram, fingerprints.

He said, “The card will be an electronic card to be used for identification, authentication and for voting. Also, it will prevent multiple voting and frauds.”

Jega, who said the card would be used during the 2015 elections, added that card readers would take the fingerprint and determine the legitimacy of their owners.

He said with the introduction of card readers, matching the electoral manipulations and fraudulent activities of people buying voter cards and multiple voting would be eliminated.

He added, “There is a lot of work to be done, we have to procure card readers and we have started this, we have made a budget for it and we are receiving support.

“This budget year, we are buying 500 and under the 2013/14 budget, we are buying the rest. So, by 2015, there will be enough card readers to deploy in polling units to ensure 100 per cent authentication.”

Jega said the commission would commence the issuance of permanent voter card early in 2013, as the contract for the production of 40 million cards out of the 73.5 million registered had been awarded.

He said INEC was in the last stage of the processing of the second batch of the contract, and by the middle of 2014, all registered voters would have been given their voter cards.

He said, “There are 73.5 million eligible voters but for the first phase, we will print 40 million and another part of it for completion is in the budget for 2012.”

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